The East Lake Community Library Author Showcase presents Beth Goehringer (Blood and Fire) discussing and signing her futuristic Fire Trilogy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Bestselling author James Rollins (The 6th Extinction) will discuss and sign his thriller at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea) will sign his book at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Books-a-Million, 839 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon; and at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. In Sarasota, only those who purchase the book at Bookstore1Sarasota will get a ticket to the signing line; to order, call (941) 365-7900.
Vendor and volunteer applications for the 2014 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, are available at festivalofreading.com.
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